Anybody who has seen my signature line knows that I drive a good 'ol chunk of American iron with a diesel engine that will pull a house off of its foundation without breaking a sweat. However, the F-350 is no family vehicle and unfortunately it's got to go. I've been looking for a mid-sized SUV for the wife for a while now and have been so far disappointed in what passes for a mid-sized SUV these days. When I was a kid we had a 4 door Chevy Blazer with a 4.3L V6 and a real 4WD system (as in 4HI/4LO) that could tow. Nowadays the mid-sized SUVs are simply cars with a little more ground clearance and AWD. Their unibodies can't handle towing more than 3500lbs or so (as if you'd want to stress the drivetrain that much) and the AWD systems are totally hands off-no ability to control them from the driver's seat, and of course, no low range. After looking and looking I finally stumbled upon an unlikely discovery-the Kia Sorento. The Sorento is in it's second generation now, but there are plenty of first generation Sorentos (Model year 2003-2009) out there. The first generations are equipped with a body on frame design which can tow up to 5000lbs (with the 260 HP/260 ft-lb 3.8L V6 which debuted in 2007), and a conventional 4WD system with user selected high and low range. I only stumbled across this because I found a mention of them on another forum I post on that is all about vehicle dependent expedition travel. Apparently the used market for this vehicle is hot because those folks are snapping them up. I see it as the ideal family hauler for us because it will be a good DD for the wife-the gas mileage isn't setting the world on fire (17 city/22 highway) but she has a very short commute. On the weekends we can comfortably drive the 60 miles to either grandma's house complete with baby, child seat, and chocolate lab-and tow a trailer if need be. Finally, it shou I'm going to test drive one probably next week and hopefully will be looking to purchase shortly after the new year. The nice thing about these is that bought certified from the dealer, the 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty is fully transferable, so if we buy a 2007 with say 60K miles we'll be covered until 2017 as my wife won't be putting enough miles on it to exceed 100K before the time limit is up. I used to be pretty skeptical of Korean cars despite my soft spot for Japanese (Toyota) 4x4s, but it looks as though the Koreans have learned a lot from the Japanese over the years in terms of quality. The Hyundai (Kia is a subsidiary of Hyundai) quality problems of the late '80s/early '90s seem to be all but gone and the powertrain warranty is pretty ironclad from what I've been reading. I'm curious to hear from other hearth.com folks who own Kias and what their experience has been-and if there are any 4x4 Sorento owners?